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Crasnick: Bringing the heat key to success in the postseason?

While high velocity isn't the sole determinant of October success, recent history shows teams that had power arms at their disposal did well in the playoffs.

Campbell says Dolphins have enough to win (0:43)
Skip, Stephen A. disagree on Matthews' comments (1:49)
Rewind: Bonds belts record-breaking home run (0:45)

Nats dismiss manager Williams, coaching staff

The Nationals fired manager Matt Williams and his coaching staff after a season in which the team went from World Series favorite to failing to make the playoffs, GM Mike Rizzo announced.

Tannehill struggles part of Dolphins mess (0:57)
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Bowen: The magic of James Jones

Even when the Packers' 31-year-old receiver is covered, he's open, thanks to an unstoppable route and a quarterback who can put the ball in the tightest of windows.

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Rex changes tune on Bills' penalties, seeks fix

After taking a defiant stance Sunday on the Bills' 17 penalties in their 24-10 loss to the Giants, Rex Ryan explained Monday that he was doing everything possible to fix the problem.

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Hardy, McClain returning for Cowboys (0:46)
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5hJohn Clayton

Clayton: The golden age of Matt Ryan

Matt Ryan is now 30, but he could just be entering his prime, with weapons to throw to, a running game to fall back on, and a coaching staff eager to maximize his talent.

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Fantasy Fallout: Freeman's encore, Gurley's rise

Tristan H. Cockcroft provides historical context to the top fantasy storylines from Week 4, including Devonta Freeman's encore, Todd Gurley's big second half and Cairo Santos' surprising day.

Jaworski: Eagles use of Murray inexcusable (1:30)

MLB Power Rankings: Final week

Will Cardinals-Blue Jays be this year's World Series matchup? If our final rankings of the season are any indication, that's what you could see come late October.

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2hMike Sando

Sando: Jameis Winston's INT issues alarming?

Jameis Winston's INT troubles have followed him to the pros, and while part of the reason has been simple desperation, Mike Sando says that Winston has work to do.

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4hNeil Paine and Matt Coller

NHL: Is your team projected to win it all?

Kings, Blackhawks, Kings, Blackhawks. That's so last four years. We're all about the here and now, so we turned to Hockey Prospectus to illuminate the new season that starts on Wednesday.

Blake is back, brings down shot clock with dunk (0:39)

#NBArank Nos. 111-120

The #NBArank countdown continues as we cover Nos. 111-120. Which players join new acquisitions Deron Williams and David West on today's list?

3hBrett Okamoto

Report Card: Youth is served at UFC 192

While Daniel Cormier's victory over Alexander Gustafsson certainly lived up to expectations in the main event, the real theme to follow at UFC 192 had to do with MMA's new blood.

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Schoenfield: Ultimate blueprint in October

Congrats, your team is headed to the MLB postseason. But does the style of play that got it there work under the bright lights of October? David Schoenfield examines the formula for playoff success.

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2015 MLB postseason

Keep track of every MLB playoff game and series, from the wild-card round through the World Series.


Big showdown just one day away

Astros-Yankees gets MLB's postseason started Tuesday (8 p.m. ET on ESPN) with the AL wild-card game at Yankee Stadium. Alex Rodriguez helped the Yankees reach their first playoff game since 2012.


Trump: Redskins don't need name change

Donald Trump tells the New York Times he agrees with rival Jeb Bush's support for the Redskins' embattled nickname. "Honestly, I don't think they should change the name, unless the owner wanted to," adding "I know Indians that are extremely proud of that name."

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Jagr says he's bringing back the mullet

It isn't 1999 (when this picture was taken) and Jaromir Jagr is now 43, but the current Panther says he's bringing back the infamous haircut, according to the Miami Herald. Twitter pressure got to him

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NHL suspends Raffi Torres for 41 games

The Sharks forward, who had been suspended for 21 games for a blow to the head of Marian Hossa in the 2012 playoffs, has been suspended 41 games for an illegal check to the head of Jakob Silfverberg.

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Chargers QB Philip Rivers called the victory over the Browns a gutty, scrappy win: "You have to find a way to win these because you don't get them back."

Report: Kidd-Gilchrist out 6 months

Hornets F Michael Kidd-Gilchrist needs surgery for his separated shoulder and will miss six months, according to a Yahoo! Sports report. Kidd-Gilchrist, the No. 2 overall pick in 2012, averaged 10.9 points and 7.6 rebounds per game last year.


Cashman: Organization supports Sabathia

Yanks GM Brian Cashman addressed the media about pitcher CC Sabathia checking himself into an alcohol rehabilitation center: "Everybody really from the Yankees organization, from ownership on down, teammates, coaches, manager, front office, ownership are supporting CC."


Angels retaining manager Mike Scioscia

Angels owner Arte Moreno announced that Scioscia would return for his 17th season with the team, one day after L.A. narrowly missed out on the postseason. The Angels have made the playoffs once in their last six seasons.


Green nails windmill dunk

Heat guard Gerald Green got a breakaway off a steal and finished the preseason play with a windmill dunk.


Durant, Nike renovate OKC blacktop

Thunder forward Kevin Durant dedicated a refurbished court through his foundation's "Build It And They Will Ball" initiative. "I felt that being outdoors molded me into the person I am, the player I am and I wanted everyone feel the same thing I did," Durant said. Story

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Chargers RB Danny Woodhead he talked with TE Antonio Gates at Chargers Park today: "It's definitely good to have a guy of his caliber back."

High School RB Jukes Entire Defense

You can't tackle what you can't touch, as the entire defense on this play found out to their dismay. Check it out


Marvin Lewis praises Bengals' Andy Dalton

"Well he's done a really good job of continuing to manage the offense. To get us in the right plays and obviously when we choose to throw it, he's ... delivered the ball accurately. He's moved the ball around to the open receiver and done a nice job."


Behold the new Elvis Jabberdog Brownie

The Rangers are playoff bound and have some aggressive food items for the postseason. This is a two-foot long brownie rolled in Rice Krispies crust, dipped in funnel cake batter and fried and costs $26, it is presumably named after SS Elvis Andrus and not Presley, although the singer might have approved.

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Campbell: 'We have enough to win'

Interim coach Dan Campbell promises the Dolphins won't just play out the string. Said Campbell: "This is the most talented roster we have had."


Steelers WR Bryant back at practice

Martavis Bryant completed his four-game ban for violating the NFL's substance abuse policy. Bryant, who caught 26 passes for 549 yards and scored 8 TDs in 10 games during his rookie season, spent 3 weeks getting counseling in Houston.


Stephen A. Smith responds to Kevin Durant

"I sit here today incredibly offended by the personal attack that this man has put against me."


Saban lashes out at media
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Alabama coach Nick Saban when asked about what advice his gives his players on the noise surrounding the program: "Well I say the same thing as when you all buried us last week and all that. That it really doesn't matter what you think. ... Cause if it was up to you, we're six-feet under already. We're dead and buried and gone. Gone!"

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